Murder hornet

Asked October 14, 2020, 11:16 PM EDT

Found this hornet in a backyard deck area. At night. Could this be a murder hornet?

Jefferson County Kentucky

1 Response

Giant Asian Hornets are in several counties in Washington State. The USDA is doing everything possible to eradicate the few found there, and we have every reason to believe they will be successful.

What we are seeing now in Kentucky is the European hornet. The European hornet is about 2/3rd the size of the giant Asian Hornet. In the fall hornets and wasps may appear more plentiful and aggressive as they are preparing to winter. I have included a link to the information we have on the European and giant Asian hornet below.

UK on European hornet:

Kentucky Pest News on giant Asian hornet:

Let me know if I can help you further!


Carol Wilder

Horticulture Technician

Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service

4200 Gardiner View Ave. Suite 101.

Louisville, Ky 40213


Fax 502-569-1680